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Regular Council Meeting Minutes 

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Regular Meeting of the City Council

Monday, August 19, 2013

City Hall, Windmill Village







Mayor Grassi called the Regular Meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.




Roll call was taken by the City Clerk as follows: 


Councilmember Belleci                          Present

Councilmember Choiniere                      Present

Councilmember Figueroa                       Present

Councilmember Keel                              Excused

Councilmember Nye                              Present

Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey                    Present

Mayor Grassi                                        Present


Staff present: ACM/Executive Director Craig, City Attorney Victor, Police Chief Blair, Public Safety Manager Hales, Paralegal Grover, Assistant Finance Director Garrett, Assistant Finance Director Blaisdell, Communications Technician Kantzer, Network Engineer Vallantyne, IT & Communications Manager Seesz, Planning and Development Services Director Swindale, and City Clerk Genetia.


MOTION:  By Councilmember Figueroa, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to excuse the absence of Councilmember Keel.


The motion carried.


Councilmember Choiniere led the pledge of allegiance.




MOTION: By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Choiniere, to approve the minutes of July 22, 2013 and August 5, 2013 as submitted.


The motion carried.




MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Figueroa, to approve the agenda.


The motion carried.




Professional Finance Officer Award – Mayor Grassi recognized Sandy Garrett and Leslie Blaisdell for having received the Professional Finance Officer Award and thanked them for their commitment to continued professional development and achievements in the governmental finance arena.


6.      PUBLIC COMMENTS – None




Council Comments – Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey reported that Dance Theatre Northwest presented a dance performance depicting the City’s history last Saturday.


Councilmember Belleci encouraged the public to participate in the “Happy Birthday UP” celebration event sponsored by the Narrows Plaza Bowl on August 31.  Proceeds of this event will be donated to the City’s Parks and Recreation program. 


8.    CITY MANAGER’S REPORT – ACM/Executive Director Craig reminded Council of the following events:  Stewart & Sons’ grand opening and Partner UP.




MOTION:  By Councilmember Belleci, seconded by Councilmember Choiniere, to approve the Consent Agenda as follows:


A.    Receive and File: Payroll for the period ending 07/31/13, signed and dated 08/13, check nos. 317602 through 317627, and wires in the total amount of Two Hundred Seventy-Seven Thousand One Hundred Forty-Four and 15/100 Dollars ($277,144.15); Claims dated 08/15/13, signed 08/14/13, check nos. 49002 through 49068, check no. 49016 voided, in the total amount of Four Hundred Twenty-Seven Thousand Five Hundred Sixty-Seven and 73/100 Dollars ($427,567.73).


The motion carried.






Staff Report – City Attorney Victor presented the proposed resolution that would approve an Interlocal Agreement between the City and Pierce County for the provision of animal control services. This represents both a savings over the former FTE cost of self-provided service and an increase in the level of service for the community.  In addition, the City needs to modify its current municipal code regarding animal control to match those of the County’s.


Public Comment – The following individual provided comment on the matter:  Steve Worthington, 6912 53rd Street West.


Council Consideration MOTION:  By Councilmember Choiniere, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to adopt a resolution approving the Interlocal Agreement between the City of University Place and Pierce County for the provision of animal services substantially in the form attached hereto.


The motion carried.  (RESOLUTION NO. 731)


MOTION:  By Councilmember Choiniere, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to pass an ordinance repealing UPMC Title 8 – Animal Control, Chapters 8.01, 8.05, 8.20, 8.25, 8.30 and 8.40 (retaining Chapters 8.10 and 8.15), and adopting Pierce County Code Title 6 – Animals – in its entirety.


The motion carried.  (ORDINANCE NO. 625) 




Staff Report – City Attorney Victor indicated that the Community Support Officer (CSO) position requires an exhibit amendment to the City’s Police contract with Pierce County to add this category which does not presently exist.  The CSO would staff the front desk and also be able to do other work as a limited commissioned officer. The cost for this addition is $35,000 and is within the budget for this year, but would need to be considered in the budget for the following year.


Public Comment – None


Council Consideration MOTION:  By Councilmember Choiniere, seconded by Councilmember Belleci, to adopt a resolution approving an amended Exhibit A to the Interlocal Agreement between Pierce County and the City of University Place relating to law enforcement services to add a Community Support Officer function and cost.


The motion carried. (RESOLUTION NO. 732)


12.     MAYOR’S REPORT – Mayor Grassi reported that he, along with Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey, Councilmember Belleci, City Manager Sugg, and ACM/Executive Director Faison met with Senator O’Ban, who provided a legislative overview/update and discussed other issues.  He also mentioned that the City had a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Beckonridge Safe Routes to Schools project last Thursday.


At 6:55 p.m., the Council adjourned the business meeting and took a five-minute break.  The meeting reconvened to Study Session at 7:06 p.m.




13.        COMMUNITY BRANDING – (Councilmember Keel participated via Skype.)


Mayor Pro Tem McCluskey framed the discussion of the City’s community visioning and the use of branding and its components to gain insight on what will draw tourism to University Place. Councilmembers were asked to share their thoughts on what University Place has or what makes it unique to become a regional destination.  Feedback was as follows:  Chambers Bay, Narrows Marina, Trader Joe’s, walkable community, great schools, recreation, safe and welcoming streets, and livability.


Mr. Bennish Brown, President and CEO of the Tacoma Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau, presented information on the value of tourism, its role in economic development, a visitor-centered approach to destination marketing, and community branding evolution and process.  


A discussion on “What makes University Place unique” followed in order to identify and develop a unique value proposition and strategy.  Next step:  Workshop with guest speaker Bruce Kendall, Pierce County Economic Development Board.  Following this workshop, the Council will decide on whether to go forward with the community assessment through Mr. Brooks, or decide on an alternative process. Staff was also requested to bring back the logo branding assessment done by Rusty George and invite the Washington State Tourism Director as a guest speaker at another workshop.    




The meeting adjourned at 8:59 p.m.  No other action was taken.


Submitted by,




Emy Genetia

City Clerk


Regular Council Meeting Minutes-20130819-0811 

Meeting Type / Meeting Date

41505/Regular Council Meeting Minutes 


Regular Meeting Agenda-20130819-0734 


Ordinance :625-19010916-625 


Resolution:731-19011231-731; Resolution:732-19020101-732 
Content Type: Meeting Minutes
Created at 9/10/2013 8:11 AM  by Emelita Genetia 
Last modified at 9/10/2013 8:11 AM  by Emelita Genetia